The President’s Office last Monday sent security forces to the port to escort the only operational crane to State House. The crane and its operators were in corridors of power in Banjul for three hours to offload President Jammeh’s 80 containers.
The content of the contauners were not clear, with our sources differing. While some said they contain food stuff, others said they suspect they are meant for President Jammeh’s Kanilai Farms.
Unlike his predecessor, President Jammeh has deified the 1997 Constitution and engaged in business. This has allowed Mr Jammeh to not only compete with the private sector which is considered the engine of economic growth but also abuse his powers.
The Gambia government is also reported to be revising port tariffs, even though they are not available to businesspeople online. The revise will most likely result to increase on port tariffs.
Businesspeople, who spoke to Kairo News on condition of strict anonymity, wondered what the Gambia government is doing with handling charges. “What are they doing with these collected money if they cannot fix crane problems? This is so disturbing,” a source said.
Most people blame the looming problems at the Banjul port on Momodou Lamin Gibba who is accused of messing up Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation. “If the government cannot manage the port effectively, I will advise they give it to Maerskline, which has been effectively managing other African ports,” one businessman suggested.